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Oilseed Rape: Pesticides

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 911177, tabled on 21 January 2021

What steps his Department is taking to promote the development of environmentally friendly pesticides to help support the domestic farming of rapeseed.

Answered on

21 January 2021

The consultation on the National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides outlines how the Government will support the development of nature-based solutions, low toxicity methods, and biopesticides, in line with the principles of Integrated Pest Management.

In partnership with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, Defra is funding field trials for Integrated Pest Management in oilseed rape.

Defra also supports research on the genetic improvement of rapeseed to increase resilience to pests.

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